Department Report 2013-2014

The academic year began with the graduation ceremony for our third year students who graduated in 2013. One of our students, Saumya Gandhi was the topper in the Bachelor of Science programme. She later went to the University of Oxford to study Financial Mathematics. Similarly, Alan D’Souza of the same class is pursuing post graduation in Mathematics at the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.

The rest of the academic year was busy and eventful with several activities being organized which witnessed active participation from teachers and students alike.

Dr. Mangala Gurjar continued as the Coordinator of the Mumbai region for the ‘Madhava Mathematics Competition’ (MMC), held nationwide on 5th January 2014. This is the 5th year of the competition which initially saw participation only from the Mumbai and Pune regions, but now extends nationally to include Kolkata, Goa, Hyderabad, Varanasi, Bhubaneshwar, and Kerala. MMC is conducted by HBCSE under the aegis of NBHM. The aim of this competition is to motivate undergraduate students to study Mathematics. In order to prepare the students of the Mumbai region for this competition, Dr. Gurjar organized a one-day workshop at three different colleges; RJ, St. Xavier’s and CHM on 30th November 2013. She worked as a resource person for a workshop at St. Xavier’s College along with Dr. Anuradha Garge of Mumbai University. Students from Ruia, Ruparel, KC and other colleges attended the workshop, along with our students. Dr. Mangala Gurjar also presented a paper on “Practical Applications of Abstract Algebra” at the National Conference on Pure and Applied Mathematics held at the College of Engineering, Pune, from 17-19th December 2013.

Mr. Ashok Bingi attended a workshop at Khalsa College on the “New Syllabus in Applied Component” on 5th July, 2013. Along with Ms. Meenal Kolkar, he also attended a week-long workshop at TIFR on “Multivariable Calculus” from 15th to 20th November 2013. Mr. Ashok has applied for FIP and his research paper “An Element Prime to and Primary to Another Element in Lattice Modules” is accepted for publication by the International Mathematical Forum, Hikari Ltd.

Ms. Meenal Kolkar attended a one week workshop on “Soft Skills Development” from 5-11th March 2014. Ms. P. Sarada Devi from the Junior College participated in TIME (sixth national conference on Technology & Innovations in Math Education jointly with ATCM) from 7th to 11th December, 2013 at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. She along with Ms. Meenal Kolkar also attended a UGC Sponsored two-day state seminar on the “Impact of Indian Mathematicians on the World of Mathematics”, at Patkar-Varde College, Goregaon, Mumbai in January 2014.

As always, our students participated in many co-curricular activities. Shubham Joshi of the S.Y. B. Sc. was selected for a four week MTTS program to be conducted in May-June 2014 in Goa. Neil Vaz of the S.Y. B.Sc. attended a three-week NPDE (National Program on Differential Equations) which was scheduled to be conducted at the Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal, from May 26th - June 14th, 2014. Two other students - Heather Fonseka and Fiona Rodrigues of S.Y.B.Sc were selected for a Mini-MTTS program conducted at Ruia College from 7th to 12th April 2014.

This was a challenging academic year for the Mathematics department. Prof. Divya Revankar resigned in the month of January2014. We are thankful to Prof. J. Shridhar of Siddharth College for his help as visiting faculty.

Dr. Mangala Gurjar
Head, Department of Mathematics

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